Miami Marlins: Don't trust the starting pitching

There may be no team in baseball with a larger gap between the quality of its bullpen (potentially dominant) and the quality of its starting rotation (potentially disastrous). For the Marlins to chase down the Mets and the Nationals in the NL East, manager Don Mattingly will have to push as many innings as possible to his deep corps of relievers, from David Phelps, Kyle Barraclough and Junichi Tazawa starting in the sixth inning—or earlier—to A.J. Ramos and Brad Ziegler later on. Miami just can't ride its mediocre rotation, tragically missing late ace José Fernández, much past five innings a night.

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